Let's go back to the beginning. Recipients of honours should be exceptional people who have made an outstanding contribution to the UK and in doing so have set an example for the rest of us to follow. It isn't enough to be good at what you do, there has to be some sense of giving back to your community as well.
Oil trader gave £300,000 to Britain Stronger in Europe.
A major donor to the campaign to keep the UK in the EU is to shun a knighthood that David Cameron was reportedly to hand
24 members of Downing Street staff were tipped for honours by David Cameron, but the office mouser was not mentioned.
Former prime minister David Cameron has been criticised for cronyism after the release of his resignation honours list, which
Lynton Crosby's knighthood in the New Year's honours list has joined a long history of abuse of the honours system to reward
Hundreds of people have been recognised in the New Year's Honours list, released on Wednesday night, but not everyone is
A senior Tory minister has defended a Knighthood being handed to his party's long-standing election guru Lynton Crosby, saying
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced that he's reintroducing knighthoods to the Australian honours system
A Belfast physicist who helped find the Higgs boson and solve one of the greatest mysteries of the universe has been awarded
Kate Bush, one of Britain's most unique and innovative singers, was made a CBE by the Queen today and dedicated the honour
Gay rights activist and actor-turned-politician Michael Cashman was awarded a CBE in Saturday's New Year's Honours. Cashman
Kate Winslet has said she talked with the Queen about the joys of being a mother as she collected her CBE. The Oscar-winning
Oscar-winning star Kate Winslet said she was surprised, but deeply proud, to be awarded a CBE. The Titanic actress, who has
The Prime Minister David Cameron has revived the Medal of the Order of the British Empire for Meritorious Service... or, to the common man, the British Empire Medal. Although it has always been awarded in other Commonwealth countries, former premier John Major decided to scrap it during his tenure at Downing Street on the basis that it was helping fuel a class-riddled society.
The honours system is at risk of being brought into "disrepute" by rewarding wealthy individuals who donate money to political
The full list of honours for figures from the worlds of music, film and television is as follows: KNIGHTHOODS: Peter Lytton
A former drug-dealing gang member and cousin of schoolboy Damilola Taylor's killers is being honoured with an OBE after turning
The full list of honours for figures from the worlds of literature, culture and the arts is as follows: KNIGHTHOODS Peter
Clive James (MBE), poet Geoffrey Hill (KBE) and children's author Penelope Lively (DBE) are among the cultural figures named